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The Mid-America Regional Council has launched a web site to allow people with little or no health insurance, social service agencies and health care providers to easily access information about free or low-cost health care services in the Kansas City region. A complimentary booklet, the Health Resource Guide, is also available. For more information, go to www.kchealthresource.org or www.marc.org/healthinitiative.

If you're having trouble making your mortgage payments, visit www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/foreclosure/default.htm for a list of resources to help keep your home.

One-half of all new HIV infections are estimated to be among people under the age of 25; one-fourth in people under 21. The Kansas City Free Health Clinic, 3515 Broadway, is making it easier and more comfortable for those under 25 to get an HIV test at the clinic. On Mondays nights the youth-friendly The City (Counseling, Information & Testing for Youth) staff will be on hand from 5 to 8 PM for the FREE walk-in rapid HIV test, which takes 20 minutes. For more information, visit www.kcfree.org.

Free annual credit reports — three reports free every 12 months — are available by first going to www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre34.shtm or call 877-322-28228 for more information.

Worried about your FDIC-insured account amid the bank failures? For information about how FDIC works, what is not covered and what happens when a bank fails, go to www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnsum08;index.htm.

Yes, the government can do some things right. USA.gov's link to the Cheapest Gas Prices can be found at http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/gasprices/states/index.shtml.

Many Jackson County women may be eligible for free breast and cervical cancer screenings through the Missouri Show Me Healthy Women program. Income and age guidelines to qualify. Call 1-800-422-6237 and select option 1, or call 816-858-3740 or visit www.dhss.mo.gov/BreastCervCancer/Eligibility.html.

Consumer Recall information on toys, cars and other products can be found at www.recalls.gov.

Developed by the Mid-America Regional Council and partially funded by the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, www.RecycleSpot.org is the one-stop spot to find recycling information for the entire Kansas City area. For a limited time, residents can get a Free Safe Alternatives Kit by going to the web site and taking a survey about hazardous household products.

The U.S. government now has an official channel on YouTube featuring more than 200 videos from 25 agencies, including health and nutrition videos. Go to www.youtube.com/USGovernment.

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